Almost half of children’s car seats in Derbyshire failed safety checks

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Protect your child, that is the message from Derbyshire County Council after 43 per cent of seats failed to pass safety tests.

Between July and October, the Council’s road safety staff teamed up with two expert car seat fitters to offer free checks in shop car parks across the county.

A total of 172 seats were checked and 74 failed. Drivers with badly-fitted seats were shown how to make them safe.

Councillor Dean Collins, cabinet member for highways, transport and infrastructure, said: “It’s worrying that nearly half of the seats we saw had not been fitted properly.

“Seats must be fitted properly to offer maximum protection. It’s vital that motorists who travel with youngsters understand the importance of choosing the right seat and fitting it correctly.”

The law says that passengers under the age of 12 must use some form of child car seat unless they are 135cm tall or above. You can get advice about choosing and fitting child car seats (opens in a new window).